Do we have to pay for smoking breaks?

  • May 24, 2011

Q. We give employees a one-hour unpaid lunch break. We don’t provide additional paid breaks during the day. If an hourly employee also chooses to take short...

Guard against punishing FLSA whistle-blowers

  • October 17, 2010

The Fair Labor Standards Act makes it illegal to punish an employee who reports violations, real or perceived, to the U.S. Department of Labor. If you learn about such...

How should we handle overtime and holidays?

  • May 13, 2010

Q. I am wondering about rules relating to overtime during weeks with holidays. We pay a higher rate than normal for employees who work on the day of a holiday. Do we...